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2 years with the love of my life.
Sometimes it feels like we have only been together a few months and other times it feels like 20 years. Not in a bad way! Just that so much has happened, I cannot believe it has only been 2 years. So here is a little taste of what has happened in our lives…
Wesley and I both went through career changes. I started school to be a Master Esthetician, graduated last year, and worked in a spa for several months. Wesley decided to join the Army, graduated from Basic Training, and is currently in his Advanced Training.
Last year, we bought our first house and we love that little yellow beauty! But, with Wesley joining the Army, we have had to move out and let someone else make that house into a home.
The past couple years have been filled with adventures, pictures, heartache, drives, and love. Most of all love. I loved Wesley sooo freakin’ much when we got married and I could not imagine any greater love than what we had. Over these last couple years, we have fallen more and more in love and it just blows my mind.
Has it always been easy? Nope. Are things just sunshine and rainbows all the time? Nah. But, when there are dark days, there is no one else I would rather spend those days with. Wesley and I are so much stronger from the things we have been through and we have learned so much about ourselves, each other, and our relationship.
Wesley really is my soul mate. I can’t even tell you how many times we have said the same thing at the same time or both had a craving for the same restaurant. My favorite is when Wesley calls me and asks if I have been having a bad day because he had a feeling like I was not doing well. I love this man.
Alright, I am done with all the cheese now- I promise!
We all experience stress. Whether you have Chronic Stress, stress out over that big meeting coming up, or stressing over the next blog post you are going to do- it happens. I have always felt stressed but I never really studying stress itself until I was in Esthetics school. We were learning all about stress and the effects it can have on the body (and on your skin) and I realized one of the reasons I got into Skin Care was so I could help people relax and help ease some of the stress they are experiencing.
Stress can cause headaches, upset stomach, changes in sex drive, sleep problems, anxiety, depression, irritability, overeating, and drug use. The list goes on and on. Seriously. Stress affects our bodies more ways than we even realize. If you deal with stress often (like me), you start learning what your body does when you are stressed. For me, my body has lots of fun ways of letting me know I need to chill: The cartilage in my rib cage gets inflamed causing horrible pains. I also get bad sore throats and ulcers on tongue. Yeah, it’s sexy I know. Then, I get more stressed out because my body is in so much pain. It’s a vicious cycle.
Today, I want to share some of the ways you can help de-stress yourself. Lavender is one of the most calming aromas on the planet (check out my aromatherapy post to learn more about how smell works) so I thought I would share some of the best ways to use Lavender to help relax!
Diffusing is a great way to help get a certain aroma all around your house. If you are busy and can’t take the time to just relax, diffusing is a great option for you. Drop a few drops of Lavender into a Diffuser and then you can keep on doing whatever it is you need to be doing. Since the diffuser does the work for you- and they are small enough you can have one at home or work- you can enjoy the aroma where ever you are!
If you have some more time to take to yourself, you could always take a nice bubble bath or do a little self massage. You can find products with Lavender in them pretty much everywhere (watch out for anything synthetic!). My favorite lavender products are from Aveda’s Stress-Fix line. This line includes, lotions, oils, bath salts, and a body cleanser.
These are just some of my favorite ways to de-stress with one of my favorite, most calming oils. Of course, everyone has their own ways to relax. Maybe you like to go see a movie or go fishing or take a hike. Whatever way you love to relax- do it! Please do not forget to love and take care of yourself.
I know- it’s been awhile since I blogged. Honestly, I have been trying to stay so busy that I don’t even have moments to myself. I am trying to keep busy so I don’t start missing my husband.
My husband joined the United States Army. It feels so strange typing that. I never thought I would be in this position. I remember- throughout my entire life- I would see as men and women left their spouses for deployment and I would think ‘Oh my gosh. I could never ever do that. I couldn’t be away from my husband for that long.’ And now, I am going to be one of those women. It’s weird.
It seems like my personal mantra the past few weeks has been “It’s all okay.” That’s what my friends keep telling me, what my family keeps reminding me, and what I am constantly telling myself. It’s all okay. Everything will be fine.